Job Details

Human Resources Deputy Director

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/17/2020

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm, PST
Salary Information: $119,472 to $172,229 annually

Are you a welcoming, innovative, enthusiastic and accountable human resources leader? Do you have experience in labor and employee relations in a union environment? Are you inspired by the idea of working for an organization that is dedicated to shaping a better future for everyone in greater Portland? If so, Metro has an exciting leadership opportunity.

As a member of the Human Resources management team, the Human Resources Deputy Director will serve as a solutions focused guide who is one part change agent, one part team leader and mentor, and one part trusted advisor.

What you will do
You will mentor and manage a team of dedicated labor and employee relations, training and Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) professionals. You'll inspire confidence, trust and transparency within your teams and will empower them to respond effectively to the needs of the people and portfolios that they serve.
• Oversee Metro's labor negotiations; develop, recommend and implement a labor relations policy and strategy by analyzing Metro's overall objectives. Leading with a solutions based approach, collaborative spirit, and mutual respect, you will manage labor relations with Metro's eight union partners.
• Build a strong and well-understood employee relations strategy by collaborating with HR colleagues to surface critical insights from Metro's various departments.
• Serve as a trusted consultant to employees at all levels to address performance and behavior issues with the goal of improving performance throughout the organization.
• Partner with the Human Resources Director and the HRIS team to manage the HRIS system by making the most of its capability to support benefits, open enrollment, timekeeping, compensation structures, performance appraisal management and professional development.
• Help lead the Training and Development team in creating, implementing, managing, and measuring learning and development initiatives that directly support talent development needs for leaders, managers, and individual contributors.
• Use strong program and project planning skills to scope efforts, resource, schedule, and budget while also leading programs and projects in a way that achieves results.
• Drive change efforts and workforce planning strategies by building collaborative, trusting, and credible relationships with senior leaders and key partners. Most importantly, you will model these behaviors every day.
Traits for success
• Leadership in promoting an environment that supports equity, where staff of all backgrounds can come to work and thrive in a safe and welcoming workplace.
• Advanced knowledge of regulations and laws applicable to human resources and labor relations.
• Ability to communicate successfully with Metro leadership and managers, employees, community members and various community and business groups.
• Ability to provide planning, leadership, and technical oversight in developing goals and objectives.
• Knowledge of budget preparation and expenditure control.
Experience and education
• Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience leading Human Resources teams in Labor and Employee Relations, and in other program areas such as Employee Engagement, Learning and Development, and HRIS, AND
• A Bachelor's degree in human resources, public administration or a related field; OR
• Any combination of experience and education that provides the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to perform assigned tasks

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Application Requirements: Please attach a resume and your responses to the supplemental questions.

About Metro
Led by an elected council, this unique government gives all residents of greater Portland a voice in shaping the future and provides parks, venues, services and tools at a regional scale. We find solutions for our area’s garbage and recycling that protect clean air and water; help plan land use and development to provide jobs and safe transportation; manage local venues that provide a connection to arts and culture and help keep the economy growing; protect 17,000 acres of parks and natural areas, and run the Oregon Zoo, to keep nature close to home.

Diversity, equity and inclusion
Metro is committed to hiring and supporting staff who reflect the diversity of our communities, and to creating welcoming workplaces. We know diverse voices make the region better and help us fulfill our public mission. Learn more at

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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